I'm tracking a John Biechler who first shows up in the 1810 census of Centre Twp, Northumberland Co,PA, a blacksmith.
I think he's from a line through Berks Co, PA in the 1770's, but I don't have the source records to back that up.
Anyway, his signature looks like Johannes Bugler (with the umlaut marked on the 'u';what should be transcribed as 'Buechler'. His estate documents have various Bichler, Biechler, & Beichler.
I was wondering if, as a blacksmith in this generation, he might have been from a line of stirrup-makers, Buegler. I don't have any information relevant to the consideration at this time, but I don't think the craft had any strong structure this late in America, did it?
Since I find it a more interesting trade, I also wonder whether they might have those who ran the beech-nut oil business, Buecheler.
Part of the question would be the real story of that umlaut across whatever part of Germany at the point the family entered the public record. I don't have the expertise, but I had a German professor at Stanford who would have been able to tell me fairly exactly.
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